Lumberjacks compete at Draft Horse Classic |

Lumberjacks compete at Draft Horse Classic

Lumberjack feats and new variations such as chain saws powered by motorcycle engines will be on tap at the 16th annual Draft Horse Classic Sept. 19-22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Five world champions will throw axes, demonstrate underhand chopping and single-hand sawing, and use chain saws powered by motorcycle and snowmobile motors.

The lumberjacks are from California cities with long logging histories, such as Redding, Fort Bragg, McCloud and Chico. Many have shown their skills on ESPN.

In one presentation, competitors with hand saws will compete against those using chain saws in cutting a 14-inch log.

Demonstrations of lumberjack skills will be at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 just inside the main fairgrounds’ gate.

Old chains saws and axes will crowds can learn about the history of timber work.

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